Amanda Knox is a New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author (her memoir, Waiting to Be Heard, was published by HarperCollins on April 30th, 2013). She received her Bachelors degree in creative writing at the University of Washington in 2014. She currently works as a freelance journalist and editor. She is fluent in Italian.
Amanda is a defendant in the internationally infamous and controversial trial for the murder of Meredith Kercher. Amanda was 20 years old and studying abroad in Perugia, Italy when her 21-year-old British roommate, Meredith, was found brutally stabbed to death. After four days of questioning, Amanda was arrested and imprisoned alongside her boyfriend of a week, 23-year-old Raffaele Sollecito. Amanda and Raffaele have since spent years defending themselves against a fervid prosecution which insists upon unsubstantiated character portrayals of depravity and violence and their involvement in the murder despite lack of physical evidence placing Amanda and Raffaele at the scene of the crime. This, in contrast to the copious physical evidence demonstrating the presence and participation of a separate defendant, 20-year-old Rudy Guede. Amanda and Raffaele were convicted in December 2009, then acquitted on appeal in October 2011 when court-appointed forensic experts determined the key evidence used against them was unreliable. They were immediately released from prison and Amanda returned to the United States. In March 2013 the Italian Court of Cassation ordered a new review of the case and in January 2014 the new appeals court reinstated the guilty verdicts despite no introduction of any new incriminating evidence. Amanda and Raffaele continue to profess their innocence and are appealing again to Italy’s Court of Cassation in March 2015.